Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Video Game Adaptations! SOMNIA ONLINE ~ Initializing by KT Hanna

Hi Alleywalkers! Do I have a treat for you. From the moment I read about this story I knew sharing it with you was a must. Dudes, it's like a video game adaptation! Yeah, and it's got this dark fantasy, Scri-Fi vibe going on. It's just so different. At least, I think so. But read on to make that determination for yourself.


by K.T. Hanna

Publisher: Amaranthine Press
Released Date: May 15, 2018

Discover the class you were born to play.

Wren, a seasoned healer, is dismayed when Somnia Online automatically assigns her character, Murmur, to the Enchanter class. Determined to overcome the unexpected setback, she assembles her guild, intent on the coveted #1 spot. Twelve keys stand between her and victory, but finding them is only part of the puzzle.

Armed with telepathic abilities, Murmur rises to the challenge. However, old rivals have followed her to Somnia Online desperate for revenge. Intricate quest lines become more dangerous as NPCs absorb powerful artifacts, and Murmur begins to wonder just what sort of AI controls the world.

Murmur questions her sanity as the real and virtual worlds mesh together. Everyone is keeping secrets from her, even the AI, and Murmur’s determined to uncover them.

Available through Amazon

A skeleton shambled to the left, its bones creaking softly as it jangled about. Straight ahead was a spider with ridiculously long legs, and off to the right was a cluster of so mething she couldn't make out. All of the mobs she could see were yellow, probably at least level three. But if she didn't try, she'd never know.

Feeling reckless , she cast minor suffocation and pulled the skeleton toward her. The fact that the spell manag ed to convince an undead creature it was being strangled was quite amazing. It let out a cackle and jangled over to her as she backed up, hoping to let a third tick hit before it reached her. This time her spell was hitting for five and four. A slight incr ease was at least something. The skeleton flailed a wooden staff in the air and Murmur hoped against hope her hit points would outlast it.

Then it was upon her, three ticks of her Damage Over Time down. The thing was tall and gangly and she realized these skeletons had to be locus , too. Even its empty sockets glowed, like some type of magic possessed it. Considering it was a walking skeleton, that probably wasn't far from the truth. It swung at her, and barely missed when she managed to dodge. She could fee l the heaviness of her body, and the unwillingness with which it made the movement. That was probably her one dodge for the next twenty. She'd better make it count.

Killing a skeleton was far more difficult than a beetle. For one thing, it was already bloo dy dead. That blasted staff hurt too, though not as much as the pincer claws had. It made Murmur wonder if locus could bruise. Finally, after what seemed like an age, she managed to hack its skull off. She leaned forward and looted the mob. It had twelve c opper on it. Maybe skeletons were a good idea for a while with or without her quest. Not only that, the staff it had been wielding was hers as well.

“Score," she muttered to herself, aware she was probably grinning like a loon. Sure, her staff skills were n't up to par but she was sure it wouldn't take too long. It's not like melee did most of her damage or anything.

KT Hanna has such a love for words, a single one can spark entire worlds. Born in Australia, she met her husband in a computer game, moved to the U.S.A. and went into culture shock. Bonus? Not as many creatures specifically designed to kill you. KT creates science-fiction, fantasy, and LitRPG like it’s going out of style, with a dash of horror for fun! She freelance edits for Chimera Editing, plays computer games, and chases her daughter, husband, corgis, cats, and snake.
No, she doesn’t sleep. She is entirely powered by the number 2, caffeine, Chipotle, and sarcasm.

K.T. can be found in the following places: Website Facebook Twitter Patreon Amazon

Thank you for sharing your work with us, KT! All the best to you!

Alleywalkers, what's your favorite video game adaptation story? 


Monday, May 21, 2018

MMGM~Some Very Messy Medieval Magic by C.Lee McKenzie

Hi! *flailing wave* It's me. For today's MMGM, I'm handing over Writer's Alley to a wonderful writer and friend. Please give C.L. McKenzie a warm Alleyway welcome! She's celebrating the release of her latest middle grade book.

Hi Sheri. I was going back in ye olde archives, trying to remember how long we've been in touch. Quite a while it turns out. Remember being a MOD? 

Haha! Yes I do remember our old days at YALitchat.

Great days. Great fun. And here we are still talking books and writing and promotion. Thanks so much for giving me this space on your blog today. 

You are so welcome. I'm going to step back and let you tell the readers about your latest middle grade book. Have fun!
Book #3 in The Adventures of Pete and Weasel arrived May 15. Some Very Messy Medieval Magic was as much fun to write as the others, and I loved getting into the history during the time of Richard II!

Here's some of what I learned while doing some research:
  • Moats were not quite the romantic, protective water that surrounded a castle or manor house. Nope. Kind of stinky, really.
  • Pages served knights to learn the trade and one of their jobs was to keep the armor rust-free. They used salt to scrub the metal, then rendered fat to protect it.
  • Richard II, who later became Richard the Lion Hearted, was a party animal and he loved to sing. He even led his church choir. 
The 1100s were an interesting time during this medieval era, and I'm glad I had a chance to explore them. I hope readers will enjoy traveling back to the days of knights and castles and kings.

The Adventures of Pete and Weasel now has three books
Some Very Messy Medieval Magic arrives
May 15
Instead of writing a tagline to explain what this series is about, here's the trailer that sums of the three books very quickly.

Here's how this latest adventure begins. 

By the fourth week of eighth grade, everybody in class, including know-it-all, Curtis Lamont,  decided that having Dr. Dread Wraith as a teacher until June was going to be worse than a bowl of turnips for dessert.

The pop quizzes weren’t even a surprise anymore because he gave one almost every day. And all any kid had to do was squirm when Wraith was giving one of his lectures on the theory of general relativity, which nobody—even Weasel—had ever heard of, and he’d slap them with detention.

They cringed every time they heard his name. It was a cringe-able name after all. Pete wanted to tell the kids the reason Dr. Dread Wraith called himself that, but he didn’t want to bring up how their sub was really a bigwig in the Cross-Temporal Consortium of Witches and Wizards. Or that he had to go toe to toe with bad dudes like Genghis Khan. Like Wraith told him, without his bone-chilling name, he didn’t have the clout he needed.  

If Pete did explain all of that, then that would lead to having to explain how Wraith, who wasn’t really a bad guy, just a menace of a teacher, had followed Pete and Weasel back from their last time trip.  And that. . .well, that was just too much for any eighth grader to swallow.

All my books are available online. 

Some Very Messy Medieval Magic is available at these locations. 

Print ISBN 9781939844460 / EBook ISBN 9781939844477

Order through Ingram, Follett, or from the publisher

EBook available in all formats 

My publisher has created a library request letter that I'm including. If people want to check out the book, rather than buy a copy, this is one way to make that possible. 

I hope you enjoy this next adventure, and if you do, please leave a review. That's the only way any author knows what you think about their work. I really appreciate it when someone takes the time to write a review for me. Thank again for letting me appear here, Sheri. 

Of course! It's always great to chat with you. I can't wait to read this one!

For more MMGM, participants, and great middle
grade reads, visit Greg Pattridge on Always In The Middle.

What about you MGers? What's your favorite kind of middle grade adventure? 


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